A WORKFLOW FOR STORYTELLERS
WRITE YOUR STORY NOW
Writing itself can transform fear and doubt into the engine of your personal development process
The hardest thing about writing is writing itself. You can play with ideas all you want, but in the end to get a screenplay done requires constant focus, solid structure, inspired flow and discipline. Writing is an action, and it needs to happen now.
WRITE FASTER THAN YOU THINK
Simply structure your complex plot ideas and visual temptations into a practical story design.
Story is different today than around the campfire, or during the time of Homer’s Odyssey. Modern film stories are told with revolutionary tools and hybrid technologies, whether it’s a Studio product or a crowdsourced experiment in storytelling. And yet dramatic writing remains classical: a hero is trying to fix a wrong, and in the process discovers much more, in great movies even that life is worth living. But a screenplay remains to this day an imprecise, solitary and time-consuming torture of love.
TRY & DEVELOP EVERYTHING
Keep in mind the whole picture and focus on every detail. Discover a new way to move your story forward.
Development is sometimes called HELLl because it can be very difficult to move your story forward past the Premise and through the Second Act.. As a writer you may find yourself guessing over and over what happens next in your script. Every time you guess your story could go wrong, you just never know. Deciding what plot twist you prefer, regardless of what the story needs, may cost you your great starting idea and take us to a weak climax. No more guesswork equals less rewrites.
SHOOT FOR THE GUT
Treat your audience to an experience, it’s worth more than a mindgame. Make them feel it before they “get it”.
Intelligence is a virtue, but intellectual films can bore an audience to death. Nothing can kill the passion of cinematic storytelling more than explanations, labels and on-the-nose dialogue. Fiction movies are not meant only to explain notions logically, but to touch, shake and excite human emotions. Put simply, write and shoot for the gut, not the brain. Try not to explain, ambush the senses. Let audiences think when it’s all over.
GOOD SCENES, GREAT MOVIE
If your movie has one good scene after another, it will be unforgettable.
Scenes are the unit of story. Characters and Plots can develop in specific, even memorable, scenes. Scenes are the place where the visions of the writer and director not only come together, but find visual power. If a scene doesn’t work it will be cut. By focusing on taking all your scenes to their max story potential you make structure stronger and you allow for fresh imaginative inputs. You may even become not only a more confident writer but a marketable script doctor.